Having just celebrated St. Patrick’s day this week, this notice from Crystal Cruises is quite timely. For those of you who have never visited Ireland, it is very lovely and full of delightful surprises. There is no better way to visit than on ultra-luxury line Crystal Cruises, who now has more calls to Ireland than they’ve had in years, including cruises to and from Dublin.
The line reports it will feature total of six ports, including two maiden calls in 2014:
Waterford — With Georgian architecture as beautiful as the town’s famous crystal, Ireland’s oldest and windiest city is surrounded by craggy beaches, fishing villages, and walking trails throughout the county.
Dublin – Ireland’s literary and political capital, this relaxed metropolis combines the classic pubs and stone townhouses of yesteryear with modern architecture and acceptance.
Galway (maiden call) – Considered the “most Irish” of all cities, here, one is surrounded by Gaelic language, traditions, and glee while strolling medieval streets, scenic shorelines, and historic squares.
Cork/Ringaskiddy – Gothic castles, the home of Irish whiskey, and the Blarney Stone can all be found in County Cork.
Londonderry (maiden call) – “Derry,” as locals call it, is the only remaining walled city in the UK with its historic walls still intact.
Belfast – Gentrified quaysides, hip hotels, and huge urban renewal have transformed this former battleground city into an enticing place of Irish pride for visitors.
And as you may know, Crystal has a series of outstanding shore excursions, called Crystal Adventures. The se Adventures will “take guests by coach, foot, helicopter, horseback, and boat over, past, and into such sites as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Giant’s Causeway, and Jameson’s Distillery. Guests can also visit the Lough Erne Resort, home of 2013’s G8 Summit, and stay overnight during a new Belfast to Londonderry Overland Adventure.”
Don’t forget to kiss that Blarney Stone! Find out more about Crystal Cruises.